Ravens over Bepton Down

South Downs Ravens

South Downs Ravens

This pair of ravens circled over Bepton ‘cronk-cronk’ing for about half an hour before heading east along the South Downs towards Cocking. Ravens are relatively rare but on the increase. They breed in Sussex (I’ve read reports of nest sites near Beachy Head) but they will travel great distances during the winter months. The two most striking things about ravens are their call (a really deep ‘cronk’, distinct from other members of the crow family) and their enormous size! Their wingspan is 120-150 cm, that’s 4′ 6″ in old money – bigger than a buzzard and a bigger build too.

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